Request for Comments "Real Estate Workshop"
The current MLS set-up in the United States is going through very interesting and often difficult changes. Many MLSs are trying to connect with neighboring areas, share data and spread information -- that is very good for the consumer, as well a the agents. A lesser number, the old-fashioned ones, are trying to restrict sharing of data. That, you could address from a non-competitive point of view? Sharing data across regional lines blurs borders and helps consumers. It helps agents do their job, in areas where they may have some expertise but not a full dues-paying local membership. Regional datashares are the way to go -- reduce boundaries (state lines are fine, for licensing issues) and let agents find their own areas of expertise ... to help consumers. Isn't that the best thing?